4th Crazy Horse distance runs set Sunday, Oct. 6
The fourth “Run Crazy Horse” long-distance challenges will see 1,207 runners competing in the 13.1-mile half-marathon, the full 26.2-mile marathon and team marathon events.
Organized by Wheeler Event Management of Rapid City, new running routes starting at Crazy Horse again are attracting a record number of athletes. Coordinator Emily Wheeler said this year’s registration is up 10 percent from last year, which was up 17 percent from 2011.
Competitors are coming from 42 states, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and 59 percent of them are women, she said. In all, there are 849 half-marathoners, 218 entered in the full marathon and 140 relay runners. Those numbers are expected to grow because entries are accepted on race day.
Sunday’s races start at 8 a.m. on the Crazy Horse Memorial grounds. Unlike the recent hike up the mountain carving, the long-distance runners will stay on the lower elevations, looping 3.5 miles to the Mickelson Trail along U.S. Highway 16-385. From there, the individual marathoners and 38 marathon teams head for Custer, while the half-marathoners head directly to Hill City.
For all groups, the finish line will be on Main Street in Hill City. Wheeler said the first half-marathon runners will arrive around 9:15 a.m., while the marathon runners are expected to end their race starting at 10:45 a.m.
Additionally, a 5K and Kids Race will begin at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Tracy Park in Hill City.
Complete results will be posted at www.runcrazyhorse.com.
For additional information, contact Emily Wheeler at 390-6137